Shortlist Revealed for UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 Design Competition

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) today announced the shortlist for the design competition for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo.

The eight multi-disciplinary teams progressing to the second stage of the competition are (in alphabetical order with team lead first):

AL_A with The Nature Conservancy, The Future Laboratory, Exposure, Gross.max, Woodroffe Bassett, AKT II and Max Fordham

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Studio Myerscough with Eckersley O’Callaghan, Atelier 10, Gillespies, Richard Greenwood and Scan Lab

Asif Khan with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Josh Schonwald, AKT II, Atelier Ten, AECOM, iart, iLUKA, Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Andrew Pimbley and The Skinny Bib

Barber & Osgerby with Universal Design Studio, Imperial College, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum,  MAP, Gensler, Max Fordham, Arup, Lend Lease, Speirs and Major and B-Reel

David Kohn Architects with Bompas & Parr, London Research Kitchen, Random International, Exploration Architecture, Max Fordham, Jane Wernick, Jonathan Cook Associated, Tristram Stuart/Feeding the 5000, Change performing arts, Nicola Twilley/Edible Geography and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Grant Associates with Wilkinson Eyre, Seawater Greenhouse, Cornwall Food Foundation, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Thomas Matthews, Sennep, Five Hate and Buro Four

Paul Cocksedge Studio, with GrowUP and Arup

Wolfgang Buttress Studio with Slow Food UK, Martin Dewey, Tristan Simmonds Studio, BDP, Clear Consultants, Professor Rudi Klein and Fleet River Music

Hannah Corbett, the UK Commissioner General and Project Director said:

“Feeding the planet is a global challenge for both the developed and emerging world and the UK has a powerful story to tell about how we are generating world-leading breakthroughs in agri-tech, plant science, animal health as well as food and drink.

“The Milan Expo will be a unique opportunity for the UK to demonstrate our world class innovation and creativity to millions of people around the globe.

“I have been impressed by the number of companies who applied and am delighted that the final list represents such a diverse cross-section of British talent.”

Malcolm Reading, architect and competition organiser said:

“ The shortlist represents an inspiring mix of creative skills, combining design, content and interpretation and spanning a number of professional fields from architecture and music to agri-business, via engineering and story-telling.

“The collaborative approach rises to the challenge of making a memorable pavilion for Milan and our shortlist has great talent and energy.”

The Pavilion will showcase Britain’s contribution in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to the global challenges addressed by the Expo theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.  The British theme for the project is ‘Grown in Britain: Shared Globally’.

Twenty million visitors are expected to visit the six-month Expo in Italy, with more accessing the experiences and excitement online.

The teams now have until mid-April to develop concept designs to present to the competition Jury.  A winner is expected to be announced in May.

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For further information on the project please contact Jayne Broomhall on +44 (0)207 831 2998 or via email at

Posted by Malcolm.Reading on March 6, 2014 - 3:32am